Big thanks from us to SailSterling, the luxury sailing tour operator, for alerting us to their new 2021 catamaran tour to the Aeolian Islands, including visits to two of the region’s finest vineyards.
With the first departure on 28 August 2021 from Capo d’Orlando Marina on the North Sicilian coast and running for five consecutive weeks, guests will set sail in a flotilla of five state-of-the-art catamarans, each with a local chef and professional skipper. On a seven-day journey guests will take in the spectacular volcanic islands of Vulcano and Stromboli, the UNESCO World Heritage island of Salina and the glamorous islands of Lipari and Panarea. All-inclusive prices start from £4,250 per person.
SailSterling’s immersive itinerary has been personally crafted by the founders, through their knowledge and visits to the area. It balances guided tours and private dinners, with simple line-of-sight navigation and plenty of down time to explore the wonders of the Aeolian Islands. The tour features two exclusive private vineyard visits at Capofaro in Salina and the Tenuta di Castellaro in Lipari.
Commenting on the new tour co-founder Richard Osei said; “For 2021 we are delighted to be launching the Wine and Catamaran Tour, which represents the culmination of months’ of research, field work and fine-tuning. We have worked hand-in-hand with our Sicilian partners at the distinguished island vineyards, with the imaginative local chefs on board and with our hard-working crew”.
“Our main challenge was transforming a recreational boating holiday into a luxury experience. Thanks to the natural wonders of the volcanoes, the sea, the wind and the wine, we believe our Wine and Catamaran Tour provides a luxury holiday experience. The Aeolian Islands are perfect for solo travellers, couples and groups of friends and older families”, added co-founder Kiran Fothergill.
Prices from £4,250 per person based on two people sharing a cabin on the most popular catamaran, the Lagoon 46 and includes six nights’ accommodation. Also included are a skipper, chef, a minimum of half-board with a combination of restaurant and on board meals, wide selection of still and sparkling wines and soft drinks, two private vineyard tours with wine tastings and lunch/dinner.
For groups of six, there’s an option to charter a catamaran exclusively at £3,152 per person. Flights to Sicily and transfers to and from Capo d’Orlando marina in Sicily are not included.